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ALA In my mind there are three parts to IVF success: the lab, the way ovaries are stimulated to grow eggs and the quality of the eggs and sperm. 
unexplained Sometimes we just don't know.  Today I saw two couples with unexplained infertility: all the testing is normal. It's really frustrating for couples.  They come to a fertility specialist who says "I don't know why you can't get pregnant."  Not helpful, or is it?  
IVF questions At the first consult with a patient I typically start by explaining the process of conception: the menstrual cycle, release of an egg (ovulation), fertilization of the egg in the tube by sperm to create an embryo and then implantation of the embryo into the uterus.  The basics of reproduction.  If...
tubal reversal There are lots of ways to prevent pregnancy: birth control pill, IUD, condoms, vasectomy and tubal ligation to name a few.  Of women who chose to have their tubes tied (aka tubal ligation), 6% of them will regret it. Those women have two choices to try and become pregnant after tubal ligation: IVF...
can't eat anything There is a food court in our building.  Since we opened two years ago I've gained about 10 pounds and it's all the food court's fault.  I find going to the food court is a bit stressful as I worry about consuming MSG, consuming transfats, eating unknown meat products, getting too much mercury from...
infections in pregnancy My family just got a hamster.  This adds to our dog and gold fish to create a zoo-like atmosphere around my house.  I do love life and the more the better.  When we bought the little guy, named Chippie, I had to sign a contract saying I would treat him well and wash my hands after handling him (we...
Augment There is a lot of talk about Augment these days.  I am being asked about once per week about it.  Let’s go over what this new cell science means.  
Pregnancy of Unknown Location I just arrived in Ottawa.  Dr. Hitkari and I, along with several other ob/gyns from across Canada are here to examine this year's ob/gyn hopefuls.  They’ve all done medical school followed by 5 years of residency and, if they pass the exam this week, will become Royal College credentialed ob/gyns.
Pregnancy of Unknown Location I just arrived in Ottawa.  Dr. Hitkari and I, along with several other ob/gyns from across Canada are here to examine this year's ob/gyn hopefuls.  They’ve all done medical school followed by 5 years of residency and, if they pass the exam this week, will become Royal College credentialed ob/gyns.
AFC Not sure what got into me blogging last night. I was actually reading papers on the ability AMH and AFC to predict IVF outcomes and got off thinking about how people really have to trust us in medicine as we stick probes in places after only meeting them for minutes to hours.  Let me explain.  One...